Joel who is 13 and his autism assistance dog Caddie trained by Dogs for Good have reached the finals of Crufts dog hero dog, Eukanuba Friends for Life competition.
Before Joel was partnered with Caddie he could not leave the house, speak to people or live a normal life. Now Caddie helps Joel to cope with a life that he finds incredibly hard and calms him in times of heightened stress, aids his communication and has brought support not only to Joel but his whole family.
Joel’s mum Janet said, “He knows he can trust Caddie, Caddie is that permanent thing that is already there, so in this world that he lives, in that is so uncertain in his eyes, Caddie is that presence that’s always there and I think he feels calm.”
With Caddie by his side Joel can experience stepping out of the house, going to school, going to a cafe, the cinema and days out with the family. The pair are inseparable and even brushing their teeth together!
Caddie is Joel’s best friend and because of this profound effect, Joel and Caddie are among four finalists in the Crufts Eukanuba Friends for Life Competition.
Joel has said he entered the competition to “say a big thank you” to Dogs for Good who gave Caddie to him.
Please vote for Joel and Caddie to win the award by clicking on the link http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/eukanuba-friends-for-life